Prior to any interview comes the part where you need to prepare your resume. It’s mainly on the basis of your resume that a company would even bother calling you for an interview. In order to make it to that level, one needs to up his resume game. Here we’ve gathered some of the frequently asked questions answered for you.
1. What are the unbreakable rules of resume writing?
Avoid all and any kind of spelling mistakes or typos. Always be honest about everything you’ve mentioned. Remember, they will question you further about it at the interview.
2. How should I present and layout my resume?
Your resume should be clean and crisp from top to bottom. There should be enough white space for the work to be legible and to draw the reader’s eye to specific items. Use a simple font like Arial or Times New Roman, 10-12pt and keep formatting wherever necessary – Bold, Italics or Underlining are great for emphasising certain words or subtitles. Highlight your key points with the help of bullet points.
3. What should I cover in my resume?
Adding an objective to your resume tells the recruiter that you are confident and have already set goals for yourself, which you are determined to achieve. Your resume talks all about yourself. It should include your educational as well as occupational qualifications. Give a brief summary of everything you’ve done in your career along with your achievements and acknowledgements. Note down your skill sets and abilities on the basis of which they may recruit you. Include key words from the job description for a better chance of a call back. However bear in mind, never reveal too much either. You may just expose yourself to potential discrimination. Always provide your contact information at the top of your resume for the recruiter to be able to contact you.
4. How long should my resume be?
Recruiters receiver several resumes from time to time. Therefore, it is important to keep it to the point. If it’s too lengthy you might just disinterest your reader. Limit you resume to 1-2 pages, but see to it that you’ve covered every bit of essential information that is relevant to your job hunt. The use of bullet points and subheadings can help shorten the length of your resume and help the recruiter identify the information he is in search for.
5. How should my format my resume?
The format depends on where you are in your career and the relevance of past experiences pertaining to the role you are applying for.
A reverse chronological format works best for those with a well-established career. It helps you talk about your most recent achievements and responsibilities to the oldest ones.
6. What if I have no experience?
If you are a newbie to the industry it’s best to show your passion and determination through your skills and abilities. Through an enthusiastic personal summary you can portray yourself as a determined and focused candidate who is ready to step up his/her game to build their career.
List out your qualifications and past projects that have helped you develop some remarkable skills that makes you the perfect fit for the job. You may not have any formal work experience or qualifications, but volunteer work and other such projects can surely boost your resume.
7. How do I review my resume?
Third-Party feedback is extremely important no matter how amazing an employee you may turn out to be. Always get your resume proofread by someone close to you who can be honest and at the same time help you enhance your resume in ways you may fail to see. Outsider proofreading can increase your chances of a perfect resume that can ensure you a position at the company you apply for.
Hope we answered most of your questions and have set you off on your way to creating a brilliant resume!
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